When you think about “sustainability,” what comes to mind? Energy consumption, emissions reductions, polar bears, recycling, the triple bottom line? Most commonly it is a concept that has been associated with the environmental impacts of activities and decisions, but sustainability is about more than being green; it’s also about people.
In October, ASSE hosted its annual Leadership Conference. The conference aims to equip society officers with the knowledge and skills they need to lead the member communities for which they have volunteered and been elected to serve.
When I first entered our profession, safety training was simple. Someone would stand in front of a class, wave an OSHA standard around and say, “This is what you must do to keep your companies from being fined.” Then the instructor would proceed to discuss the standard line by line. What a boring and ineffective method of providing training and education.
The American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA) is pleased to announce that its IH Professional Pathway program has been named the Gold Award winner in the category of Member Outreach and Communication by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) MarCom Awards.
While the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE) is commending OSHA for its efforts to update the agency's 1989 Guidelines for Safety and Health Management Programs, its Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs (RPSHP) fail to stress the importance of using safety and health professionals to manage the programs.
OSHA yesterday released a set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health Programs intended to update its 1989-era program guidelines. The agency says the new guidelines address the needs of small- and medium-sized businesses and multi-employer workplaces and reflect changes in the economy, workplaces, and evolving safety and health issues.
As OSH professionals, we talk about incident rates, reportable injuries and illnesses, workers’ compensation losses, experience modifier rates, regulatory compliance standards and similar metrics. Our language is clear in our professional circles, yet it is often confusing to business managers and executives. Their language is finance (or dollars, for short).